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Chainbreaker White IPA - Deschutes Brewery

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Chainbreaker White IPAChainbreaker White IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,666 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,666
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 48
Gots: 198 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HuskyinPDX on 05-11-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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3.71/5  rDev +1.6%

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with an enjoy by date of 10/24/14 stamped on the label. Poured into a Speigelau IPA-specific glass, although based on my past times having this beer, it's a little heavier towards the witbier side of things than IPA.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a cloudy but bright golden sunny yellow hue with just a faint bit of lighter, more translucent area down near the bottom, allowing some light to pass through. Otherwise, it is pretty uniform through in color. Atop the body rests a frothy two-finger head of stark white foam, which shows a fair amount of retention before slowly slinking down to a half finger of film that doesn't fully disappear until I start to drink it. Subtle traces of soapy lace are strung intermittently around the sides of the glass.

Smell (3.5) - A pleasant, if overly-polite, blend of light hoppiness--lemongrass and herbs--and witbier spice, with coriander citrus and lemon zest. There is also a pretty distinct element of wheat grain coming through alongside the hops and spice.

Taste (3.75) - The wheat grain is more prevalent in the flavor than it was in the aroma, and almost pushes aside the light hoppy characteristics. Herbal and grassy, and more of an afterthought to the witbier base than anything else. Again, coriander and spice come through, providing notes of citrus and orange zest, and now some white pepper that I didn't get from the smell. There is light bitterness on the finish that is partly from the hops, but also some of that cracker-like pilsner malt character.

Mouthfeel (3.75) - Light bodied and moderate carbonation with a round, fluffy mouthfeel from the wheat grain.

Overall (3.75), a nice quaffable summer beer. Belgian IPA is a pretty broad style, with a few subcategories--hopped-up tripels/strong ales, IPAs with Belgian yeast and hoppy witbiers all seem to qualify. This one is definitely in the latter most category, with the spicing and wheat grain providing far more characteristic to the beer than the hops. I drink this one every summer, but I do wish there were a bit more presence from the American hops. Maybe it would be more noticeable if this one were a little fresher. Based on Deschutes' 120-day time between bottling and enjoy by, this bottle was packaged on 6/26, making it over 45-50 days old. That said, the nice thing about this style is that even after the hops have faded a bit, it remains a good, refreshing beer.

LambicPentameter, Dec 27, 2012
More User Reviews:
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Best by 10/20/14:

Pours clouded lemon-drop yellow with a fluffy white head. Trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of wheat tang, orange peel, lemon, coriander and leafy notes.

The taste of sweettart mixes with spice and citric bitterness in the refreshing finish.

Creamy smooth, this is an enjoyable unique brew. Witbier meets American IPA, and it works!

jwc215, Aug 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden appearance in a pint glass, minimal head as served at a restaurant.
Taste is smooth and light. Belgian yeast prevalent but not overwhelming. Hops also on the light side. Smooth, refreshing, enjoyable. A decent offering, not great. A good fun session beer just in time for summer.

NWer, Apr 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

csmartin6, Oct 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.16/5  rDev -13.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

megamass, Sep 05, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date. Being a "Wit" in a way the yeast was decanted in the glass.

LOOK: Turbid, yellow straw, nice head

SMELL: Fresh herbs, fruity, citric, yeast, bready, spice, hoppy

TASTE: Smooth, bitty, bitter, spicy, dry, yeast, fruity, citrus pith, bready, nutty, medicinal herbs, chalky finish

I love the whole concept of the style, sort of a mish-mash of styles but it works and works here as well. Worth a getting a sixer of it IMO.

Jason, Jul 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

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Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,666 ratings.